Diwali 2018 celebrations: PM Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath Temple; greeted by local people in Harsil

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 07 November 2018, 04:20 PM
Diwali 2018 celebrations: PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath Temple (Photo Source: BJP Twitter)
Diwali 2018 celebrations: PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath Temple (Photo Source: BJP Twitter)

Diwali 2018 is upon us and as the nation rejoices and celebrates the Festival of Lights, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered prayers at the Himalayan shrine in Kedarnath and will review the Kedarpuri reconstruction projects Wednesday- November 7. The prime minister arrived at the holy pilgrimage town at around 9:45 am this morning and is gearing up to celebrate Diwali, the carnival of lights. After offering prayers at the temple, Modi took a stock of the reconstruction projects underway at Kedarpuri. He was shown a video at the guest house within the temple premises to apprise him about the progress of the projects at the township.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is celebrating Diwali with the Indian Army troops deployed at forward posts in Arunachal Pradesh's Dibang valley, along with Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane and other senior Army officials. She will fly over the Dibang Valley and visit Anini and Andrala Omkar forward posts in the district and meet the troops there, Kohima-based Defence spokesman Col Chiranjit Konwer told reporters.

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Diwali, the 'festival of lights' is one of the biggest carnivals in India. It is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across India and abroad. Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil, calling for a fresh start with the opportunity to let go of past grudges, and make merry.

As part of the Diwali festivity, thousands of Indians from across the globe return home and enjoy the warmth of families and friends to paint a perfect picture of the celebrations. Candlelights, earthen lamps, homes filled with the delicious aroma of mouth-watering sweets, delicacies and fireworks are also an important part of the festivity.

Based on their religious believe, people worship Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama and Goddess Kali in different parts of the country. In most of the regions, Diwali is believed to be the homecoming of Lord Rama with Sita and Laxmana after a long exile of 14 years.

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Here are the LIVE updates from Diwali celebrations 2018:

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   13:20 (IST)

PM Modi extensively walked around the temple complex, where reconstruction works are in progress. He was briefed by senior officials about the progress of the work

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   13:19 (IST)

As an RSS member, I got the opportunity to live among Army men. At that time I heard a lot about One Rank One Pension. Many governments came and left. Since I was connected to you I understood your emotions. So, after becoming PM it was my responsibility to fulfill your dreams of OROP: PM Modi

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   13:18 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by the locals in Harsil

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   13:17 (IST)

Delhi: People throng the flower mandi in Ghazipur to purchase flowers on the occasion of Diwali

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   11:49 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from Kedarnath

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   11:37 (IST)

Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at Attari-Wagah border on the occasion of Diwali

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   10:56 (IST)

PM Narendra Modi meets locals at Kedarnath after offering prayers at Kedarnath Temple

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   10:41 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   10:08 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Kedarnath. He is gearing up to celebrate Diwali at the divine pilgrimage town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   10:55 (IST)

PM Modi said India is taking great strides forward in defence. He mentioned various measures being taken for the welfare of ex-servicemen, including One Rank, One Pension. The prime minister said that Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   10:03 (IST)

PM Modi addresses Indian Armed Forces in Uttarakhand's Harsil: Your devotion to duty in the remote icy heights is enabling the strength of the nation and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians, says PM Modi

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   07:14 (IST)

Uttarakhand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Dehradun to celebrate the festival of Diwali in Kedarnath

calnder  Nov 07, 2018   07:16 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends Diwali greetings to the nation: Happy #Diwali! May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone’s lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail!

First Published: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 06:43 AM
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